Osteopathy takes a holistic, whole-body approach to healthcare. It uses manual ‘hands-on’ techniques to improve circulation and correct altered biomechanics, without the use of drugs. An osteopathic physician does not concentrate only on the problem area, but uses manual techniques to balance all the body systems, and to provide overall good health and wellbeing.
Techniques include stretching, gentle pressure, and resistance, known as osteopathic manipulative medicine.
An osteopathic physician may also issue prescription medicine and use surgical methods to support the holistic, manual treatment.
Osteopathy can provide relief and treatment for a wide range of conditions:
- TMJ (temporomandibular) – jaw pain, jaw joint problems
- foot, ankle, hip, and knee pain
- back pain, neck pain, and sciatica
- hand, shoulder, and elbow pain
- tennis and golfer’s elbow
- postural problems due to pregnancy, sports injury, driving or work strain, or digestive issues
Osteopathic physicians can also detect conditions that are not treatable through osteopathy, to refer patients to other specialists.